Edinburgh International Childrens Festival

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30B Grindlay Street, Edinburgh Old Town EH3 9AX
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About Edinburgh International Childrens Festival

Our flagship festival is now called Edinburgh International Children’s Festival (formerly Imaginate Festival).

The Edinburgh International Children's Festival is Scotland's international festival of performing arts for children and young people.

Edinburgh - We are based in Edinburgh and contribute to the rich tapestry of arts and culture available throughtout the year. Our nine-day long celebration of theatre and dance for children offers over 90 performances in various venues across Edinburgh.

International - Our programme is truly international. Our Festival Director travels far and wide to select the most exciting and innovative performances available worlwide. This year, we will be presenting productions from 9 different countries including Belgium, Denmark, Germany, France, Wales, the Netherlands, Norway and Australia. The Festival has also established itself as one of the best places for programmers from all over the world to see young people’s work of the very highest standard and each year, we welcome over 200 delegates from leading venues such as Sydney Opera House, Southbank Centre or the New Victory in Broadway.

Children - Our programme offers a rich and diverse mix of productions specifically created for children and young people. We want more children in Scotland to experience work that is deeply engaging, innovative and inspiring. We believe that all children deserve the opportunity to develop their creativity, emotional intelligence and reach their true potential.

Upcoming Events

Falling Dreams (9 - 13+ yrs)

Falling Dreams (9 - 13+ yrs)

29 May 2017 - 30 May 2017
Falling Dreams takes the audience inside the head of a twelve year old girl on the cusp of teenagehood.
Evil (10 - 13+ yrs)

Evil (10 - 13+ yrs)

29 May 2017 - 30 May 2017
A compelling monologue, based on a semi-autobiographical novel by Jan Guillou, focuses on the anatomy of evil.
Bambert's Book of Lost Stories (8 - 12 yrs)

Bambert's Book of Lost Stories (8 - 12 yrs)

29 May 2017 - 31 May 2017
This internationally lauded novel is brought to life as a thrillingly inventive and remarkable production.
MamaBabaMe (18mths - 3yrs)

MamaBabaMe (18mths - 3yrs)

30 May 2017 - 04 June 2017
Join us at the ringside of our mini arena to witness this exciting new dance, theatre and live music experience.
Night Light (3 - 6 yrs)

Night Light (3 - 6 yrs)

30 May 2017 - 04 June 2017
Audiences will be immersed in a magical universe surrounded by a beautifully designed structure.
Bounce! (7 - 12 yrs)

Bounce! (7 - 12 yrs)

31 May 2017 - 01 June 2017
This stunning and highly amusing dance piece full of optimism explores how we react to the unexpected.
Primo (2 - 5 yrs)

Primo (2 - 5 yrs)

31 May 2017 - 04 June 2017
This unusual and beautifully lit show is set in a purpose-built pool.
Grass (2 - 4 yrs)

Grass (2 - 4 yrs)

01 June 2017 - 03 June 2017
Explore the ground and all of its wriggling inhabitants in this quirky dance show for young children.
Film Screening: Girl Asleep (11 - 13+ yrs)

Film Screening: Girl Asleep (11 - 13+ yrs)

01 June 2017
A journey into the absurd, scary and beautiful heart of the teenage mind.
Nosferatu (8 - 12 yrs)

Nosferatu (8 - 12 yrs)

01 June 2017 - 03 June 2017
Dracula, but not quite as you know it!
Little Red (7 - 12 yrs)

Little Red (7 - 12 yrs)

02 June 2017 - 04 June 2017
Little Red is a story about growing up. Reaching the point where we have to make our own decisions.
The Queen has Vanished (4 - 10 yrs)

The Queen has Vanished (4 - 10 yrs)

02 June 2017 - 04 June 2017
A visually stunning and tender story about loss and fate, and the hope that great sadness can pass.

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